In all honesty, this will probably be the shortest blog post I ever write because Paradise is such a small town; they don’t even have a stoplight. Most towns in the Upper Peninsula are quite small, but the beautiful environment surrounding the towns make the trip worth it.

 

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Day trips that make Paradise worth it

Paradise is a great place to stay because it’s located 15-30 minutes away from a plethora of hidden gems that you can’t necessarily stay at, such as Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

The falls are located roughly 18 minutes out of Paradise, and as much as I would love to discuss the loveliness of this area, I have decided that I will write a featured exploration with undivided attention on the Tahquamenon Falls.

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The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum can be discovered at Whitefish Point, 12 miles north of Paradise. The museum is dedicated to the shipwrecks and lives lost in Michigan’s Great Lakes. It’s only open from May through October, which doesn’t surprise me, as I don’t recommend you travel this far north in the winter.

There are a lot of wonderful exhibits that present the details of these shipwrecks including photography from divers who have explored the mysterious ships. The museum is also located next to a lighthouse on the coast of Lake Superior. You can walk on the beach for a beautiful view of the lake.

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My favorite exploration was our trip to Vermilion Point, where an old Coast Guard station resides. On our way to this beach, we stopped on the side of the road to pick wild blueberries, a favorite among my family.

Although it is too cold to swim in Lake Superior, the beach is absolutely gorgeous. Filled with rocks as far as the eye can see, we scavenged for agates and other beautiful rocks. This beach is semi-hidden; therefore, we had the entire beach almost entirely to ourselves.

Is there anything in Paradise?

Yes! Paradise may not be a town that you spend an entire weekend exploring, but that doesn’t mean that it is completely dull. We stayed in the Tahquamenon Suites lodging off of M 123, which was a very modest delight. I recommend getting ice cream at Little Falls restaurant, which had some of the best desserts I have ever had in the U.P.

Paradise also hosts a Wild Blueberry Festival every August. Although it’s a small festival, there are a lot of wonderful venders and activities for kids. I personally loved the fresh corn on the cob and wild blueberries, of course.

As promised, this is the shortest blog I have written (so far…). Please keep reading and commenting! The featured exploration: Tahquamenon Falls will be coming very soon.

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